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Parish of Achonry/Mullinabreena

Church of St Nathy & St Brigid, Achonry F91 X998

Church of the Sacred Heart Mullinabreena F56 C864

Fr Peter Gallagher 071 9184002 / 087 2221244,   F56 CY23


2024 Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 2  


Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 29th                  8:00 pm                 Bridget Connolly & dec’d of the

Connolly & O’Dwyer families (A)

Sun 30th                 10:00 am              Peter & Ellen Murtagh (M)

Mon 1st                  St Oliver Plunkett (bishop & martyr)

10:00 am        Matt Collery & dec’d  Collery family (M)

Tues 2nd                 10:00 am              Special Intention (M)

Wed 3rd                 St Thomas (apostle)

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

Thurs 4th               St Elizabeth of Portugal

10:00 am        Private Intention (M)

Fri          5th           St Anthony Zaccaria (priest)

10:00 am        Private Intention (A)

Sat 6th                    St Maria Goretti (martyr)

10:00 am        Michael & Margaret Scanlon & sons

Michael & Peter (M)

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 6th                    8:00 pm                 Patsy Finan & his parents

James & Kathleen (M)

Sun 7th                   10:00 am              John & Kathleen Marren, grand-daughter

                                                                                                Mairéad & dec’d of Marren family (A)


ADORATION: Tuesdays 4pm -7pm


 July. Sept. Nov.                 

ACHONRY: Feb. April. June. August.

                                        October. December



Readers of the Word

Saturdays of July 8pm: Martin Golden (M)

Sundays of July 10am: Martina Brennan (A)

Readings for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading Ex 2:2-5. Psalm Ps 122.

2nd Reading 2 Cor 12:7-10. Gospel Mk 6:1-6.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Saturdays of July 8pm: James McCarrick (M)

Sundays of July 10am: Mary Davey (A)

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time 23rd June: Focus: God’s love for us is more powerful than any challenge we face. – Today’s readings reflect God’s profound love for us, even in the face of turbulent times. When our faith is challenged or we are distraught, we must trust that God is with us always & have complete faith that his love is more powerful than the storms of our lives.


Priesthood in Achonry Diocese – It is worth saying “yes” to God: For more information contact Achonry Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Paul Kivlehan 094-9860011, or 087- 3683535, E-mail

Wedding: Congratulations & best wishes to Criostóir Davey, Mullinabreena South, & Claudia Concannon, Crossmolina, married on 21st June in Crossmolina Church, and Elaine O’Grady, Gurteen (& Achonry National School) & Darren McMorrow Knockvicar, married on June 22nd in Gurteen Church.      

We wish them many years of health & happiness

Adoration in Mullinabreena Church 4-7pm on Tuesdays for the month of July.

Achonry-Killala Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes under the leadership of Bishop John Fleming, Bishop Emeritus. From 18th to 23rd July, departs from Ireland West Airport Knock. 5 nights in full board accommodation in the Hotel Agena. Price €929- (single rooms available, supplement applies). Book Main Pilgrimage bookings should be made through Joe Walsh Tours: Tel: 01-241 0800 or Email: A limited number of places available in the Assisted Section, Contact Eileen on 086-401 3897. No booking is definite until a non-refundable deposit of €300 has been receipted by Joe Walsh Tours. Online booking at:

Pro-Life Rally: You are invited to the Rally for Life, the biggest pro-life event each year, where thousands Stand for Life & to protect mother & baby. July 6th, Parnell Sq, Dublin 1.30pm. 

The annual Maria Goretti Novena takes place in Collooney Church June 28th-July 6th. Mass each evening at 8.00 pm with Rosary & Confessions beforehand. More info on


To maintain the success of both the Three Hills Café & Achonry Farmers Market we would ask households to commit to visit both amenities at least once a month. Café is open Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm, with Market on Saturday 10am-1pm. Thank you for your continued support.

Book Swap / Sale every Sunday 2-4pm in Carrowmore School.

25 Drive: In St Nathy’s Hall every Friday at 9pm. (summer)

Pop Up Gaeltacht /Campa Samhraidh De hÍde.

A summer preparatory intensive Irish course for Leaving Cert students, facilitated by Tomás P.Ó Móráin (O.S., B.A., M.Ed., A.T.O., A.T.G.) will run from July 8th to July 12th 2024 from 10am to 4pm at Tarmon N.S.Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, Eircode F45K298. In addition to the classes there will be plenty of fun activities as Gaeilge, Tráth na gCeist, Tóraíocht Taisce, Ceol, Crosfhocail, Damshaí Gaelacha. For info call Jessica 085 7441902

Coleman Music Centre: The Piper's Cross Céilí band in concert on Wednesday, 3rd July at 8pm. Tickets €20, call 071 9182599 or visit

Fiddle player Frankie Gavin in concert, with Catherine McHugh on Piano on Wednesday, 10th July at 8pm. Tickets €20

St Crumnathys Cathedral in Achonry was built in 1822 & was deconsecrated in 1998. It is located in a complex heritage site of architectural, archaeological & ecological interest. Achonry Cathedral is a landmark building at the heart of our community graveyard where our loved ones are laid to rest. The Cathedral is no longer in use & there are signs of water ingress & associated damage. It is vital that some preservation works are carried out in the short term to prevent further irreparable damage to the structure.

Last year Achonry/Mullinabreena Community Enhancement Group (AMCE) & St George’s Tubbercurry applied to the Heritage council for a grant to fund preparation of a condition report & schedule of works for the Cathedral. We were successful with the grant application & Duncan McLaren (a Tier 1 Conservation Architect) issued his report in Nov 2023. A number of options were outlined with costs ranging from 69k to 202k. Earlier this year, AMCE & St George’s applied for a grant from the Historic Structures Fund & were awarded 50k grant funding @ 80% of total project costs. We need to raise an additional 12,500 to utilise the full 50k grant awarded. The project will include the following: repairs to the roof to prevent further water leaks, scaffolding, temporary support of the ceiling, repairs to gutters, downpipes, doors, leaded windows, support for stair tower, professional & structural engineers fees.

We are appealing to people from the local community to assist with the fundraising efforts to generate €12,500 to preserve this historic building in our community. We also appeal to families living away from home who have loved ones buried in the graveyard. Your support for this project would be greatly appreciated. How to donate: Online -

Bank Transfer: Transfer to AMCE Bank account - BIC: BOFIIE2D IBAN: IE88BOFI90549138522058.  Contact David Hosey (AMCE) 087 2670883 or Willie Lalor (St George’s Parish) 087 9958423 with any queries.

South Sligo Summer School, Tubbercurry 14 – 20 July. W’Shops in Fiddle, Flute, Whistle, Accordion, Banjo, Harp, Uilleann Pipes, Bodhrán, Concertina, Guitar, Mixed Melody Instruments for Adults, Trad Singing & Lilting, Sean Nós Singing, Set Dancing & Sean Nós Dancing. Nightly Ceilis in St Brigid’s Hall, starting with Swallows Tail, Sunday 14th, 8.30 pm; nightly Concerts at 8 pm in ‘The May Queen’, starting on Monday 15th with Tribute Concert to Junior Davey. 0860566383.

The Youth 2000 Summer Festival takes place August 15-18th in Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare - save the date! Join us for a weekend of festivities: talks, testimonies praise & worship, & workshops. Donation Only. Check out for more info.

Fr. Peyton Centre. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm. The Centre will be opened on Saturdays from 25th May to September 30th from 12noon until 5.00pm. Tel: 096-45374World

Fr. Peyton Mission Office, Main Street Knock, F12 Y8H2. Opening Hours: Wednesday till Sunday 10am- 3pm

Rally for Life: We are delighted to share with you that former singer with famed band Pussycat Dolls, Kaya Jones, will be speaking at this year's Rally for Life. Her powerful testimony shows the reality of abortion and an insight into the music industry that does not value human life and pushes a narrative that exploits women. The Rally for Life is now only 8 WEEKS away. Don't miss Kaya this year & SAVE the DATE for Saturday, 6th July at 1:30pm.

PRO-Life News Release 28th June 2024
1 in 6 babies' lives end in abortion latest official figures confirm.

The Department of Health this evening released the total number of notifications received last year for abortions carried out in Ireland. It shows there were 10,033 abortions in 2023 – the highest number on record since the law changed in 2019. Commenting on the latest figures, Pro Life Campaign spokesperson Eilís Mulroy said:

"The colossal 250% increase in abortions since the new law took effect is extremely troubling. The total lack of concern shown by the Government towards this tragedy & loss of life needs to end. Senior members of the current government who oversaw the introduction of the new abortion regime promised that abortions would be "rare" if people voted in the referendum six years ago to allow it. When questioned, these same members of government run for cover or make glib & cavalier remarks whenever Ireland's spiralling abortion rate is raised. They have a responsibility to take ownership for what they created. The Government's decision to release the latest figures after 7pm on a Friday evening shows how much the Government wants to hide from a debate on the appalling situation they have created.

"Given how indifferent the Government are to the horror of what is happening, realistically, I don't see any meaningful steps being taken to reduce the abortion rate until more TDs are elected to the Dáil who believe in the pro-life position. The results of the recent local elections were very encouraging in this regard. We have to ensure that as many of today's pro-life councillors as possible become the TDs and Senators of tomorrow."

Ms Mulroy continued: "The 10,033, abortions in 2023 represents a 250% increase from the 2,879 Irish abortions that happened in 2018, the year before the law changed. Even if you accept the highly questionable figure advanced by abortion supporters that another thousand abortions occurred each year from illegal abortion pills prior to repeal, the increase in abortion that has taken place since 2018 is still truly enormous. 

"We have now reached a point that for every six babies born in Ireland today, one baby has his or her life ended by abortion. The sadness and scale of these numbers are hard to fathom. The dismissive way that the Minister for Health and others respond to this tragedy is unconscionable and totally undemocratic. Room at the decision making table has to be made for voices other than strident pro-abortion voices. Providing women in unplanned pregnancies with information on alternatives to abortion and the support available needs to be encouraged and not scoffed at, like happens at present." 


“The Family that Prays together stays together”

“A world at prayer is a world at peace”